"King is a great speaker. The secret of his greatness ...lies, I think, in his intimate knowledge of the people he is addressing, be they black or white, and in the forthrightness with which he speaks of those things which hurt and baffle them. He does not offer any easy comfort and this keeps his hearers absolutely tense. He allows them their self-respect—indeed, he insists on it." -- James Baldwin in Harper's Magazine (1961) on Martin Luther King, Jr.